These French girls are employed by Uncle Sam at the American army base at Tours, France, 1917-1918
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
Purchased by the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College on August 12, 2020 from Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.
French Girls Work for Uncle Sam! These French girls are employed by Uncle Sam at the American army base at Tours, France. They are proud to wear uniforms marked “U.S.” and enjoy being called Yanks.
On recto: Clear label attached near bottom left corner, "U. S. Official Photo / From Underwood & Underwood, N.Y. / From Elliott Service Co., N.Y." Handwritten in black ink below label, "40724 S".
On verso: Typewritten label attached in center, "French Girls Work For Uncle Sam! / These are types of French girls employed by Uncle / Sam at the American army base at Tours, France. / They are proud to wear uniforms marked 'U. S.' and / enjoy being called 'Yanks.' / UNDERWOOD & UNDERWOOD NEWS PHOTOGRAPHS ELLIOTT SERVICE CO. EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTORS 141-145 West 36th St., NEW YORK B 1808". Handwritten in graphite in top left corner, "UU-057".
Ferrotyped prints are processed in such a way that they are shiny. The print has a sensitive surface, usually thinner, because it was put through a press while still wet.
Ferrotyped prints have a sensitive surface, usually shiny and thinner, because they are put through a press while still wet. Ferrotyping makes the surface of the photograph smoother. Light does not scatter as much on a smoother surface, so this increases contrast. That makes ferrotyped images better for press photography.
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